|she's back and she's crafty
||[Jan. 31st, 2005|06:59 am]
Craft After Dark
*blows dust off of this journal*|
Taking baby steps on my postpartum attempt to get my crafting groove back. I've begun with knitting. The cold winter weather inspired me to raid my stash of Lamb's Pride Bulky and whip off a few simple hats. I did one for myself which I finished earlier in the week; I somehow lost track of my decreases on the crown at one point, so it's a bit lopsided but that doesn't show when it's on, and it's warm, so I'll wear it.
I offered to make hubby a hat, so I improvised a design with a k2p2 rib brim and plain stockinette top. Initially he didn't want the brim to turn up, so I finished it off, but he now thinks he would prefer it with the brim turned up. So I'm appropriating Hat 1.0 for my own self, and will make him another one that's long enough to turn the brim up. Incidentally, Hat 1.0 also looks mighty cute on toddler.
Seeking a challenge, I decided to try my hand at some lace knitting. I cast on and got one repeat of the pattern through Knitty's Cozy shawl, when I was struggling through a ssk and got distracted by toddler, and dropped a ton of stitches off the needle. After exploding into a Fit of Pique, I took it as a sign from the gods and ripped the thing out, because I didn't like the yarn or the way it was knitting up. The pattern calls for silk. I cannot stand the smell of silk - whether that is due to the chemicals used to process silk, or the fact that silk is, well, worm poop I cannot say, but I don't like it. Not wanting silk and not wanting to spend a lot of money, I found Jo Sharp DK wool tweed yarn at elann.com. The stuff knits up like cardboard. The pattern - and my hands - need something softer and drapier.
This is the third time I've been burned by ordering yarn online that I haven't previously seen and felt in person. Lesson learned!
Lace knitting or knitting that requires concentration and counting + small children in house = disaster waiting to happen. Lesson learned!
I think I will be sticking to relatively simple hats for the time being. My hobby, which is supposed to bring me joy and relax me, should not make me frustrated and angry and wanting to run away from my family.
Beading: I'm thinking of reducing some of my bead stash by making some stitch markers and seeing if the yarn shop in L'ville is interested in consigning them.
Stamping: I need to unpack my stuff and set up my desk in the guest room, where I can *close the door*.